The Romantic Conception of Life: Science and Philosophy in the Age of Goethe by Robert J. Richards (Hardback, 2003)
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- DescriptionAll art should become science and all science art; poetry and philosophy should be made one. Friedrich Schlegel's words perfectly capture the project of the German Romantics, who believed that aesthetic approaches of art and literature could reveal patterns and meaning in nature that couldn't be uncovered through rationalistic philosophy and science alone. In this wide-ranging work, Robert J. Richards shows how the Romantic conception of the world influenced (and was influenced by) both the lives of the people who held it and the development of 19th-century science. Integrating Romantic literature, science and philosophy with an intimate kwledge of the individuals involved - from Goethe and the brothers Schlegel to Humboldt and Friedrich and Caroline Schelling - Richards demonstrates how their tempestuous lives shaped their ideas as profoundly as their intellectual and cultural heritage. He focuses especially on how Romantic concepts of the self, and aesthetic and moral considerations - all tempered by personal relationships - altered scientific representations of nature. Although historians have long considered Romanticism at best a mir tributary to scientific thought, Richards moves it to the centre of the main currents of 19th-century biology, culminating in the conception of nature underlying Darwin's evolutionary theory. Uniting the personal and poetic aspects of philosophy and science in a way that the German Romantics themselves would have houred, The Romantic Conception of Life alters how we look at Romanticism and 19th-century biology.
- Author BiographyRobert J. Richards is professor of history, philosophy, and psychology and director of the Fishbein Center for the History of Science at the University of Chicago. He is the author of Darwin and the Emergence of Evolutionary Theories of Mind and Behavior and The Meaning of Evolution: The Morphological Construction and Ideological Reconstruction of Darwin's Theory, both published by the University of Chicago Press.
- Author(s)Robert J. Richards
- PublisherThe University of Chicago Press
- Date of Publication17/01/2003
- SubjectRegional History
- Series TitleScience & Its Conceptual Foundations S.
- Place of PublicationChicago, IL
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Chicago Press
- Out-of-print date20/05/2015
- Content Note5 colour plates, 39 halftones
- Weight960 g
- Width160 mm
- Height232 mm
- Spine38 mm
- Edition Statement2nd
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